No time wasted for Yorkshire

The defending champions came into the final day at Chester-le-Street needing six more wickets to wrap up an innings win and they did it with the minimum of fuss, with Jack Brooks finishing as the pick of the bowlers with four for 66.

Durham's hopes appeared to rest solely on the shoulders of unbeaten centurion Mark Stoneman, but he was dismissed for 131 shortly after the second new ball was taken as his side fell to 302 all out.

While Yorkshire are now 11 points clear at the top of Division One, Durham now find Middlesex breathing down their necks after the London county needed just one session on day four to complete a comfortable nine-wicket victory against Hampshire at Lord's.

Hampshire, resuming only 41 runs in front on 195 for seven in their second innings, were bowled out for 227 in 13 more overs, with Middlesex's in-form seamer James Harris finishing with four for 80.

It then took Middlesex just 17.4 overs to knock off the 74 runs they needed for a fourth win in the championship this season that took them four points behind Durham.

Laurie Evans scored his maiden double-century as the contest between Warwickshire and Sussex wound down into a high-scoring draw at a sun-baked Edgbaston on Wednesday.

The slow pitch was the only winner as the home side, replying to Sussex's 601 for six declared, batted throughout the final day to finish on 612 for six declared, with the players then shaking hands.

Evans (an unbeaten 213 from 396 balls with 24 fours) and Tim Ambrose (153 from 256 balls, with 18 fours) duly filled their boots with a sixth-wicket stand of 327 for Warwickshire.

Worcestershire have been set a final day victory target of 324 to win their clash against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

James Taylor (56) and Riki Wessels (55) put on a 105-run partnership while captain Chris Read top-scored with 73 as Notts were all out for 366 in their second innings, with Worcestershire reaching 13 without loss at the start of their chase.

In Division Two, leaders Lancashire require an unlikely 395 runs to beat Northamptonshire after a first-innings collapse from the Red Rose handed their opponents the initiative at Old Trafford.

The hosts' overnight 257 for four became 308 all out - leaving them trailing by 130 runs - and Northants build on that position with Ben Duckett top-scoring with 88 in a score of 283 for nine declared, leaving Lancashire facing the prospect of defeat.

  Jack Brooks was the pick of Yorkshire's bowlers
Jack Brooks was the pick of Yorkshire's bowlers